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Children’s Rights to Read, join the ILA Campaign

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When it comes to ensuring the right for all to read, we face a challenging journey: According to the latest data from UNESCO, there remain 750 million people around the world who cannot read and write. Two thirds of them are female. And while we’ve made solid strides in increasing basic literacy for youth—91% in 2016 […]

LOC Debuts its National Screening Room

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Nearly 300 motion picture treasures representing a century of cinema history are now easily available through the Library of Congress’s new National Screening Room. Curator of the Library’s Moving Image Section, Mike Mashon shared: The goal of this digital project is to present the public with a broad range of historical and cultural audio-visual materials that will […]

Happy 90th Birthday, OED. (And thank YOU for bringing the gift.)

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To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publication of the First Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press is offering UK, Canadian and US non-subscribing public schools free online access for the 2018/19 calendar year.  If you are unfamiliar with the OED, read about its evolution as the last word on words. Academic high school […]

Oasis: An integrated worldwide search for OER

Meet OASIS. The goal of the Openly Available Sources Integrated Search is to facilitate the discovery of OER. Co-developed at SUNY Geneseo by Ben Rawlins, director of Milne Library, and Bill Jones, digital resources and systems librarian, in consultation with SUNY OER Services Executive Director Alexis Clifton, OASIS currently searches open content from 61 different sources and points to more than 160,000 records, The […]

DBQuest and Case Maker: Two more critical thinking tools from LOC!

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Alert your social studies and ELA teacher friends or dig in on your own.  This past week the Library of Congress launched DBQuest and Case Maker, two new web and mobile apps that join a suite of digital resources introduced back in 2016. The Library of Congress announcement shared that these new interactive opportunities for middle and high school […]

Picular: Google, but for color

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Pick a color, literally any color. Search engines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Now there’s one for those of us who are lovers (or seekers) of color. Simple and elegant and particularly speedy, Picular returns results in swatches. a palette of colors associated with your search terms. Select one of the swatches and you immediately copy […]

Google launches Dataset Search

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This week Google announced the launch of its new Dataset Search. In her Making it easier to discover datasets post, Research Scientist Natasha Noy, shared: In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions […]

Aligning our Standards: Two new crosswalks

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Yesterday, the AASL Standards Crosswalk Task Force launched two eagerly anticipated crosswalk documents on the new Crosswalks page of AASL’s National School Library Standards Web Portal. In their May 31 blog post, Why Did the School Librarian Cross the Road?, AASL Standards Crosswalk Task Force chair Jay Bansbach, and AASL Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield explain the importance […]

Let’s get it started in here!

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There’s been a lot of very expectable buzz on the TL Blogosphere as well as on Future Ready Librarians Facebook Group relating to new ways folks are getting things started.  From engaging little strategies, to complete rethinking of culture and schedules, I asked a few of the folks I’ve been reading if I might share their ideas. […]

On building learning playlists

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We create them on Spotify and YouTube and iTunes. Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts. With our ability to ethically curate content and unglue it from its containers, and a growing array of digital tools and open education resources, many of us are engaging in a […]